The newest episode of Dutch musical actress Chantal Janzen‘s television series Chantal Sleeps Over sees her spending some time in the temporary apartment of Hardwell, asking him questions about his girlfriend and personal life. Famous in the region for spending a day with popular Dutch stars and filming their conversations, Chantal catches Hardwell in the middle of his tour, where staying in different hotels and apartments every night is commonplace.
Perhaps it’s just the imperfect English translation of the Dutch conversation, but the topics that Chantal brings to Hardwell are sort of a buzzkill. Implying to a world famous DJ that their responsibilities may be misaligned in their family life – and questioning as to whether he and his girlfriend have a plan for his career when he inevitably has children with her – seems to me like a little too much prying. It’s always fun getting to catch a glimpse into the regular lives of big artists, but her direct assertions that Hardwell better not end up like Armin van Buuren if he wants to have a positive family life make me think the episode isn’t entirely about the person being spotlighted. Rather, maybe it’s more about Chantal and her ideas.
Read it below and watch the video to see for yourself.
Chantal tries to get in the Hotelroom of Hardwell. She sleeps the room next to him and they are about to go to bed. Hardwell just finished his I Am Hardwell show in Istanbul (Turkey).
Chantal: Wooow! I thought I had a super big room. But this is insane. She noticed that Hardwell is already in bed and is curious why.
The interview starts.
C: Wow! You are already in bed Robbert! Why?
R: Yeah I’m always checking my email before I’m going to sleep because America is already awake than because of the different time zones between Europe and America.
C: And contacting your girlfriend probably? About the show and things like that maybe?
R: Yes exactly!
C: But, wow. You are sleeping now in a full apartment. For a lot of people is this their normal house and this is just your hotel room. And probably you heard this question before: are you not lonely? Because I can imagine you want to share this kind of experiences with someone else…
R: Yes sure, I always want to share things like this. But I’m totally not lonely, that sounds very sad. But the contrast between performing and hotel rooms is very, very big. Right now with my own concert I’m touring the world with a whole team. But when you are doing a club tour: the clubs are so big, the people are so energetic and near you. But sometimes 10 minutes later you are already alone inside your hotel room. So the contrast between those is very big.
C: So how long will you be able to live a life like this? Because when you get children, would it be still possible to live your life like this. Have you ever been thinking about that already? Because you are so much on the road..
R: Yeah.. I don’t know. Like, Armin van Buuren got two children now!
C: Yeah, but he doesn’t know their names. “Joke” – … haha – No that’s not true!
R: Haha yeah, it goes very well with him and his children!
C: Of course, but it seems to me very hard.
R: Yes, it’s very hard to combine these two different lifes together because of the job as an dj nowadays. We are living most of the time at night and we are in a lot of different time zones. So for our social life it’s not very successful.
C: No, indeed. But did you ever talk with your girlfriend about children? To figure out how to do this?
R: Well, I don’t know. To be honest, we have never talked about it yet. We will see!